I’m writing this post in late February, so there is snow everywhere. Colds are a scourge and I sometimes see my breath . . . while in the house. It’s freaking cold and I’m sure we’ve all heard/seen the rants. One thing I haven’t seen much talk of is how this affects authors and their writing. To be fair, it’s hard to see bundled in blankets or shivering like a leaf in a tornado.
Extreme weathers tends to plunge me into a mental fog. Too cold and I’m constantly trying to fall asleep or my mind is always going to ways to stay warm. Too hot and I can barely focus on anything other than the sweating. I don’t want to fall asleep with the latter, but just lay under a ceiling fan. Really makes me think not all humans were designed for extreme conditions. Not without training or enough time to get used to the environment. I used to be able to handle the cold, but the 4.5 years in Florida decimated my resistance. Either way, I find that winter and summer require a lot more focus to get any book writing done. Outlining is slower too.
This makes me wonder even more about how much an author is influenced by the unchangeable parts of our environment. Sure, we can have a space heater or an air conditioner. Those take power and the bill can dissuade you from indulging in such things. At least that’s my issue and why I’m considering taking winters and summers off once I finish Legends of Windemere. Just editing and novellas because they take less time. This won’t be years in the future and I think I’m proving how the cold is make me wander around this post.
It seems like we become more prone to sickness and other issues when we have extremes too. A cold or the flu can knock an author out for a while. Write in the heat for too long during the summer, so you slow down and get dehydrated. So we become more aware of our surroundings, which makes getting into that sweet zone of pure writing a lot more difficult. Not too much it gets harder to move fingers along a keyboard in some situations and you don’t want to sweat on your notebooks. Ever write along and drip on the page? It’s frustrating.
This might just be me though, which makes me curious. Does the weather or any other non-human environment issues make it difficult for you to write? I’m not counting the phone, people talking, etc. Things that you can’t unplug or shout at to change.